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Dissertation Information for Dock Alexander Boyd

NAME:
- Dock Alexander Boyd

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- Rutgers University (USA) (1979)

ADVISORS:
- Ernest Deprospo

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Ralph Blasingame
- Koya Azumi
- Craig Locatis

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: LEADERSHIP, ORGANIZATIONAL DYNAMICS AND RATE OF CHANGE IN SELECTED PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN THE NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES

Abstract: The relationship between the organizational characteristics of complexity, centralization, formalization and stratification, two styles of leadership, and rate of change in a selected group of public libraries in the Northeastern United States are assessed in this investigation.

The objectives of this study were to relate the organizational characteristics of complexity, centralization, formalization and stratification to rate of change and leadership style. The hypotheses used to guide the study were that: (1) rate of change will be positively related to complexity, and negatively related to centralization, formalization, and stratification; (2) that the greater the degree of complexity, the more the leadership style will be marked by consideration; (3) that the higher the degree of centralization, formalization and stratification, the more the leadership style will be marked by initiating structure.

It was found that there was little relationship between complexity and rate of change but that the predicted association between centralization, formalization, stratification and rate of change was affirmed. It was also found that there was little perceived relationship between styles of leadership and rate of change.

Other conclusions from this investigation are: (1) increasing one's professional contact does lead to a more considerate style of leadership as there is a positive association between the number of professional contacts and the degree of consideration perceived; (2) increasing one's professional contact does appear to lead to an increased propensity for change; (3) a high degree of centralization is associated with a lower rate of change; (4) the greater the degree of participation in decision-making; the less apparent are the perceived styles of leadership; (5) of the sample libraries, those that have a high degree of hierarchy of authority are more structurally oriented in their leadership style; (6) the more formalized the library, the less likely change is to occur; (7) the more formalized the library, the more likely its leadership style will be structurally oriented; (8) the more stratified the leadership hierarchy of the organization, the less likely change is to occur; (9) the more stratified the hierarchy, the more likely that perceptions of leadership style will be enhanced; and (10) the more leadership style is apparent or perceived, the less likely change is to occur.

MPACT Scores for Dock Alexander Boyd

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A+C = 0
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TD = 0
TA = 0
calculated 2008-01-31 06:09:25

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